Parliament’s portfolio committee on education has stated it will be requesting answers from Minister for Higher Education Blade Nzimande and NSFAS following the R14 million deposit made erroneously to a student at Walter Sisulu University (WSU).
The company used by NSFAS to deal payments out has taken full responsibility for the incident, but has announced that the student – who failed to notify university authorities – will be liable to legal action in order to repay the sum received in its entirety.
The young woman, who received the funds in June, says she tried to alert authorities to no avail. NSFAS only became aware of the situation when the student began posting receipts from purchases made showing multi-million figures as balances.
The higher education and training committee says that while it accepts the error was not made by Nsfas, the companies it uses to distribute funding should be thoroughly vetted.
Chairwoman Connie September says: “We will write to the minister to ask for an explanation, as well as Nsfas. We will consider if we have the time to call them to the committee to come and explain to us.”